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Staff Focus – club conditioner Adam Neal

ADAM Neal, our former prop, now has a key role to play behind the scenes because he’s in charge of strength and conditioning.

He’s in that line in his day job so once he decided to hang up his boots as a player it was a given that he would go down that route if he wanted to stay in the game.

Adam took to rugby at a young age because, in his words, it was the most honest and hard-working sport he could find . He never took to football because, for him, it didn’t have enough contact and physicality.

He made his début for Warrington Wolves in a Challenge Cup victory against Leigh on April 20, 2008 and in 2010 he went on loan to Salford before signing for them in 2011 for a couple of seasons.

He signed for Oldham in 2015 but joined Sheffield Eagles the season afterwards before coming back to the Roughyeds where he finished his playing career.

After spending most of his last playing season out of action with concussion and finding his work life becoming increasingly busy, Adam decided to hang up his boots and take on the the strength and conditioning job.

You don’t leave a club and then go back to it unless you’ve been happy there and know its a good club in the first place. That’s how it was with Adam, when he went to Sheffield and came back, and, of the current squad, the same applies to Jack Holmes, David Hewitt and Danny Langtree. There was another instance of this when George Tyson left us and then came back.

The powers-that-be here must be doing something right and this is how Adam summed it up:

The club and the people at the top are always honest. Honesty was a key word from when I first spoke to Scott.

“We’re not the biggest or the best-budgeted club but there’s a big work ethic from top to bottom which always stands us in good stead. It was a common theme in 2015 when we won promotion.

“I was a player back then, but now I see things from a different angle and it’s good to know that we still have the same values and standards.”

He says the best part of his job is to work hard with players on their strength and condition and then to see them perform well in he game at the end of the week. “That in itself is especially rewarding,” he said.

He named Phil Joy as the biggest character he had ever worked with and the person he would most like to have with him on a desert island. Why ? “Simple —- he would put on his thinking cap and work out ways to get off the island or, at the very least, to find food and water.”

Asked which former player he would like to see back at the ground, he replied that he would love to renew acquaintance with any of the 2015 promotion players, adding: “Sam Gee would be nice but I know he wouldn’t turn up.’

Thoughts on the season so far?

“Frustrating to watch!’ Adam would love to go out on a limb and say the team will finish top of the league this season. He knows the squad is capable of doing that but he would prefer to wait and see what happens rather than make predictions.

There was no such caution regarding his thoughts on the fans.

He said:

“The support they give us is unreal. I’ve played in games in which we didn’t deserve any applause, but they were still there at the end cheering us off the field.

“The current squad, and myself, appreciate that support more than supporters will ever know. A big thank-you to you all.”



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AS lockdown restrictions start to ease, now is the time for everyone connected with Oldham RLFC to do all they can to help with getting income from our Club Cash lottery back to where it was before the pandemic started to bite.

This is vital for the club and its finances which, as you all know, have taken a massive hit in the past 12 months.

Collectors will be returning to door-to-door visits in the next few weeks and we hope people who suspended payments will pick up where they left off as we strive and work hard to get back to where we were before the pandemic caused us to lose 50 per cent of our lottery income.

Many of our regular punters, who would normally pay a collector, have answered our calls for help by finding other ways to pay and to retain their chances of winning prizes.

To those people we are very grateful and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them once again for their loyal and continued support.

The lottery, of course, is potentially one of our biggest fund-raisers and for as little as £1 a week — more if you wish — you can help the club immensely and at the same time have chances to win £1,000, £100, £50, £25 or one of ten consolation prizes of £10.

That’s the present prize structure. There’s every chance it will be increased once we are out of lockdown, door-to-door collections start again and we get back to some sort of normality.

In the meantime you can join, or start up again, by contacting the club on 07904 898177 or by email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

For more information about the lottery, and for the “great opportunities” provided by our partnership with the National Youth and Community Development Association (NYCDA) go our Club Cash page.

There, you will find all the results and a detailed statement about getting back to normal with the help of our not-for-profit partners.

All proceeds from the partnership will continue to support the club and help us to meet the aims of our Club Cash activities, particularly in its aims and objectives to be an active stakeholder in the local community.

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